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Top 15 Shepherd Center Stories of 2017

2017 brings progress and hope for Shepherd Center patients, family and staff.

Readers of Shepherd Center news, features and blogs in 2017 followed developments in research and technology for spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and multiple sclerosis, as well as celebrated with us as patients returned home to their families, students returned to school and communities rallied around their friends and families during rehabilitation. Readers also learned from patients, families and staff what makes Shepherd Center truly unique.

In case you missed it, here is a recap our top 15 newsroom stories of the year.

1. Love – and a Little Help from New Friends – Keeps School Sweethearts’ Wedding on Track after a Spinal Cord Injury

Anna Claire Stokes had a wedding to coordinate. Thanks to her new Shepherd Center family, no spinal cord injury was going to derail her plans.

2Beyond Therapy Helps Strengthen Body and Mind

North Carolina man focuses on his continued rehabilitation three years after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a car crash.

3. Many U.S. Beaches are Accessible to Wheelchair Users

It is possible to visit the beach if you have a mobility impairment.

4. Shepherd Center Develops Mobile App to Promote Fitness for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Shepherd Center's SCI-Ex app provides exercise regimens using video demonstrations.

5. New Mobile App Provides Innovative Tool for Parents to Teach Their Teens to Drive Safely

Shepherd Center launches free app designed by certified driver rehabilitation specialists to help prevent automobile accidents and injuries.

6. Florida Man Takes on New Roles as Husband and Dad After Rehabilitation for a Traumatic Brain Injury

Mike and Melanie Schneider are forever grateful for the intense rehabilitation Mike received at Shepherd Center.

7. Mother Continues to Fight for Children, Family

Maria Rea of Hazlehurst, Georgia, reflects on life since sustaining a spinal cord injury.

8. U.S. News & World Report Ranks Shepherd Center Among Best in Rehabilitation

Shepherd Center was again recognized as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in their 2017-18 Best Hospitals rankings.

9. Shepherd Center Names New Chief Medical Officer

Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, to join Shepherd Center Aug. 28.

10. New CEO and President Takes Helm at Shepherd Center

 Sarah Morrison will lead the hospital.

11. Shepherd Center’s Legendary Party Raises $5 Million

Funds benefit Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative and the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute.

12. Shepherd Center Fashion Show Benefits Rehabilitation Programs for Adolescents with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries

Fashion show in June features modeling by hospital staff members and former patients.

13. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Shepherd Center's MS Institute participates in clinical trial of the drug.

14. Virginia Man Returns to Work, Welcomes Son After Rehabilitation for a Brain Injury

Caleb Faulkner continues to make gains four years after motorcycle crash.

15. Long-time Medical Director Retires After a Career in Compassion

As he retires, Donald Peck Leslie, M.D., reflects on his 34-year career at Shepherd Center.

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About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.